G. K. Chesterton once said: "Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair." Today we explore the idea that our relationship with God is not based on intellectual knowledge, but on heartfelt commitment.
At the end of a play, the actors take a bow, and the audience is given the chance to show their appreciation for all that they've seen, heard and learned. Today, we close the curtain on our study of The Gospel According to Naaman, and as we do, we pay tribute to the four main characters found in 2 Kings 5: Naaman, Elisha, Gehazi & (the star of the show), the Slave Girl. Each of these characters has much to teach us, so let's learn together how to Become, Live, and be Transformed as God's people!
In the UK they have this saying: "He's all mouth and no trousers," which is another way of saying, "He talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk." When we find God and enter into a relationship with him, there should be evidence in our life that shows something new is happening: New thinking, new attitudes, new lifestyle! So, when Naaman encountered God's healing power in Israel, was his transformation "all mouth and no trousers?" Today we discover that Naaman's encounter with God was real and transformative, since it immediately begins to change the way he lives and the decisions he makes. Join us today as explore how Christians are meant to live out our faith in the world as we "walk the walk" of faith.
Why would anyone seek after God? And if they were to seek God, how on earth would they find Him? Perhaps the best biblical story of someone seeking (and finding) God, is the story of Naaman, found in 2 Kings 5. In this story we see how a successful, powerful man comes to a crisis that leads him to the living God of Israel. His story serves as a parable for many of us, who rely on our own abilities... until trouble comes. Only then are we ready to look outside ourselves for help. Only then are we ready to seek and find God. This is our first week on the Gospel According to Naaman.
Canon Robert Hurkmans has been the minister at St. James and St. Brendan since 2006.